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Emirates airline takes delivery of its fourth superjumbo on Dec 30 2008.
Emirates airline takes delivery of its fourth superjumbo on Dec 30 2008.
Emirates airline takes delivery of its fourth superjumbo on Dec 30 2008.

Next superjumbo delivery delayed

Emirates is due to receive its fourth Airbus A380, but the delivery of a fifth plane could be delayed until April.

DUBAI // Emirates airline, which expects to receive its fourth Airbus A380 later on Tuesday, sees a delay in the delivery of a fifth plane next year, its president said. "It should have been by the end of March but it will now probably be mid-April," the president of Emirates, Tim Clark said on Tuesday. The delivery of the airline's fourth Airbus A380 will take place by year-end as planned, he said.

"It comes today. It leaves Hamburg at 1 pm ... it will probably arrive around midnight," Mr Clark said. Airbus, the planemaking unit of European aerospace group EADS, has been racing against the clock to reach its target of a dozen deliveries in 2008 as it recovers from a series of setbacks and two years of production delays. However, Airbus warned recently it would miss its 2009 target of 21 superjumbo deliveries by a "couple" of planes.

Emirates, the biggest customer of the A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft, received the first of 58 superjumbos in July. *Reuters

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